I’ve been asked to explain why I participated in the TBBCF 2020 Virtual Walk. As many of you know, my dear friend, Norma Logan, lost her life when her breast cancer was not properly diagnosed after she found a lump in her breast. I worked for many years with Norma at Pfizer. She was a uniquely creative, smart and talented colleague and, more importantly, a tiny but larger than life firecracker of a woman whose smile never failed to light up a room! After receiving her stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis, Norma went immediately to work tirelessly fundraising for breast cancer research.
Initially, Norma raised considerable funds by walking in a large organization’s fundraiser. She was sad and outraged to later learn that a large percentage of the money raised went to the organization’s administrative costs and did not directly fund cancer research. Turning her anger from upset to action, Norma, along with her close friend, Sandy Maniscalco, created the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation which donates 100% of its gross fundraising dollars to breast cancer research.
After Norma passed in 2006, my sister-in-law and I completed the TBBCF marathon in Connecticut. I have stayed in contact with TBBCF through the ensuing years and took the opportunity in 2020 to participate in the marathon virtually. It is an honor to support this fabulous organization and, in doing so, celebrate the beautiful life of Norma Logan.